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Carmen Ejogo Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1973Kensington, London, England, UK
Birth NameCarmen Elizabeth Ejogo
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carmen Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Ejogo grew up in London. Ejogo's television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in _Metro_ with Eddie Murphy, What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) with Martin Lawrence, and Love's Labour's Lost (2000) with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show - her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson's slave concubine in the television drama Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) as Sally Hemings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle (2012).

Ejogo is also a vocalist, having collaborated with several artists in the 1990s. She wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Candles" by English drum 'n' bass DJ Alex Reece - she appeared in the music video and is listed in the production credits as 'Carmen'. She also sang vocals and duets with British artist 'Tricky' on a song called "Slowly". Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle (2012) original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and co-lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter on "Jump", "Hooked on Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Biographer

Spouse (2)

Jeffrey Wright (August 2001 - 2014) (divorced) (2 children)
Tricky (9 August 1998 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Brother, Charles Jr. (b. 1976)
Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.
Before becoming big in the Film and TV, she used to present Children's TV on Saturday mornings with former Blue Peter presenter Stuart Miles.
Carmen is a member of MENSA, the high IQ organization.
(2000's) Gave birth to her 2 children, a son Elijah Wright & a daughter, with her husband Jeffrey Wright.
Portrayed Coretta Scott King in Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014).
Insisted her witch-character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) was left-handed, as left-handedness has been associated with dark magic and sorcery for centuries. Ejogo suggested to create emphasis on her dominant left-hand by adding rings to it. Costume designer Colleen Atwood loved the idea and several rings were created from scratch.

Personal Quotes (1)

I'm playing the president of a wizard association in the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). We filmed in England, and it comes out in November. It was very exciting to be part of that legacy and to be part of the expansion of that aesthetic. I mean, on the topic of diversity, there's a whole swathe of children who didn't know they could engage in that because it was a very white, British thing. I feel very lucky - I've had a chance to morph and shape-shift throughout my career, and so to be a part of broadening this world in this way is very exciting to me.

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